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NCTM 2015 Boston Conference

Previewing NCTM 2015 Conference Singapore Math Sessions

The NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting & Exposition program is now online and it's time for my annual review of Singapore Mathematics sessions. Due to Common Core and the progressions documents, I've included sessions on Tape Diagrams and Strip Models as well as those on traditional Singapore Math® strategies.  The number of overall choices is one more than … [Keep Reading...]


Happy Pi Day!

Why Pi Matters - Steven Strogatz The beauty of pi, in part, is that it puts infinity within reach. … [Keep Reading...]

Beth Curran Preschool – 6th Grade Math Department Chair, St. Anne’s-Belfield School Singapore Math Teacher and Trainer

Our Journey to Singapore: A Singapore Math Adoption Success Story

For some time, I've wanted to share stories of schools that have successfully implemented a Singapore Math curriculum. To present the first such case study, I asked my colleague Beth Curran to summarize the adoption process at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, an independent Pre-K to 12 school in Charlottesville, Virginia. Please contact me if your school has a story to … [Keep Reading...]

Top 10 Tips


I get LOTS of questions from teachers and administrators with questions about the Singapore Math® program. Recently, several fellow trainers have reached out to seek my advice (Wow!). One asked: What would you are say the biggest 10 things to consider when using/implementing a Singapore Math curriculum? Here's my … [Keep Reading...]

Making Math Masters


My students love math class. In fact, many will tell you math is their favorite subject. Why? They’ll tell you it’s because Singapore math is fun. I’d say it’s because once they understand how math works, they become confident in their abilities. So what exactly is Singapore math? Wait, math from Singapore? Isn’t that … [Keep Reading...]

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NCTM 2015 Boston Conference

Who to see at National Math Educators Conferences this year?

Me! As a full-time trainer and instructional coach, I know the importance of professional development and continuing education. Since embarking on this career path seven years ago, I’ve attended … [Keep Reading...]


It can’t all be Singapore Math…

This tweet posted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (@NCTQ) caught my eye: Now, I've heard decomposing called "branching" but can't remember ever seeing this in a Singapore … [Keep Reading...]

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You Can Bar Model Anything!

A fourth grader at a school I worked with this year included this on a Christmas card for her teacher. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for an Outstanding New Year!   … [Keep Reading...]

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Giving Thanks — Looking Back on 2014

I’ve just returned from my tenth consecutive week of travel and welcome the arrival of Thanksgiving. A brief break from out-of-town training and coaching jobs affords the opportunity to once again … [Keep Reading...]


Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, Bar Models, Oh My!

My session entitled Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, Bar Models, Oh My! has been accepted for both 2015 national conferences of the  National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

Blue=School Training; Yellow=BER Seminar or Conference; Green=School Training and BER Event; Red=SDE Conference

In each of the past few years, I've taken some time to reflect on the wonderful opportunities I've experienced during the preceding 12 months (Here are Giving Thanks reflections from 2012 and … [Keep Reading...]

Singapore Math teacher, trainer and consultant Cassandra Turner with teachers at the Association International School

This Thanksgiving, as is my custom, I’m again taking time to reflect on the amazing experiences that I have enjoyed over the past 12 months. It is so gratifying to have the opportunity to champion … [Keep Reading...]